Brengun offers 1/32 model builders a way to add a higher level of detail to the already nicely detailed Hasegawa N1K2-J Shiden Kai (Allied name: George). Set BRL 32017 provides about 122 parts on a single photo-etch fret and two on a printed acetate sheet that can be combined to enhance the cockpit and exterior details of the aircraft. The photo below of the instruction sheet shows where the details are to be installed.
As can be seen in the photo below of the fret, each of the photo-etched parts is impressive. The detail is very crisp and well etched on nickel-plated metal to add considerably to the cockpit’s detail.
This set comes packaged in a clear pouch stapled to a card to protect the fret. A folded instruction sheet, printed on one side, is attached behind the bagged fret. The instructions are easy to understand but are quite involved. Model builders familiar with using photo-etched detail parts will have no difficulty following them. Because of the delicate nature of all of the parts, however, those unfamiliar with handling and attaching photo-etch may find some of the small items a challenge…because they are small and require careful placement. A bit tedious…but rewarding, as the photos below of the finished cockpit from the BRENGUN website show.
The parts can easily be separated from the fret with a sharp #10 or #11 x-acto blade. To avoid the probability that some small ones might launch themselves into outer space when separated from the fret, it may be a good idea to place the fret on a piece of low tack masking tape (read: drafting tape) before applying any pressure with a blade (and gently rocking the blade over the attachment stubs to release the parts). Removing the small parts from the tape with a set of pointed tweezers will then be a fairly easy task.
Because the material is metal, it is necessary to use superglue (CA) or epoxy cement to attach these parts to the kit’s styrene plastic
This set is highly recommended to model builders who wish to enhance their 1/32 scale N1K2-J Shiden Kai with a great number of impressive photo/etch details.
My thanks to Brengun for the review sample and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this detail set.